BEF Announces Grants, Telethon Dates
The Barrington Education Foundation awards $66,542 this year to the schools; sets April 2-3 for annual telethon.
The Barrington Education Foundation announced Tuesday that is has awarded eight grants totaling $66,542 for town schools.
The BEF said also that one of its primary fundraising efforts, the annual telethon, will be held this year on April 2 and 3, with thousands of phone calls seeking donations going out to Barrington families.
This years grants will be used to fund the following initiatives:
Barrington High School:
- A 3-D printer that will enable students to create their own prototypes of a product in disciplines such as engineering, math, science, technology and art.
- Art display boards that will allow for student artwork to be made visible to a larger audience, including the Barrington public. Boards will also help make possible a student-facilitated high school arts night.
- Video streaming equipment that will enable students to produce live broadcasts of school events.
- New lighting and rigging equipment for the auditorium, providing opportunities for students to master the full array of backstage technical skills that support theatrical productions, and allowing performers to experience working in a setting that better approximates a professional theater.
Hampden Meadows, Nayatt, Sowams, and Primrose Hill Schools:
- Non-fiction print and e-books for the school library collections. This grant will support the Common Core standards, specifically the need to incorporate more quality non-fiction and ‘informational text’ across all subject areas.
Nayatt, Sowams, and Primrose Hill Schools:
- iPads and iPad document camera stands for all teachers in a single grade level at each of the K-3 schools. In this pilot program, the iPad devices will provide a “technology station” for immediate, as well as spontaneous, use throughout the day.
- Kiln. The addition of a kiln will allow students to experience the 3-D processes of working with clay, concepts not afforded by other 3-D materials.
Primrose Hill School:
- Ukuleles. This is a first for the music department. The addition of a stringed instrument program will afford all students the opportunity to reap the benefits of instrumental music education.
Now in its 21st year, the Barrington Education Foundation "champions extraordinary educational opportunities within Barrington Public Schools," according to BEF. "Each year, BEF selects grants that best fit its vision in which every public school student receives a world-class education, and is inspired, challenged, and guided to reach his or her greatest potential."
Decision-making for grant allocations is a rigorous process, the BEF said. The foundation encourages grant applications from any faculty or staff member within the Barrington School District.
Grant proposals are evaluated on evidence of innovation, creativity, and excellence; impact and reach of the project on the student population; expected results and their measurability; and clarity of objectives and goals.
“BEF endeavors to fund initiatives that provide opportunities for superlative instruction and innovative curriculum,” said Sue Cosentino, this year’s Allocations Committee Co-Chair.
“We really strive to offer valuable resources that might otherwise not be available,” said Co-Chair Diane Stratton Ballou.
After discussing their proposals with colleagues, department heads and their principals, applicants are invited to submit comprehensive applications. Each proposal reflects significant time, planning, and thoughtfulness.
Applicants are given the opportunity to present their proposal to the BEF Allocations Committee to further advocate for their grant request. After a thorough review session, the committee makes recommendations that are presented to the full BEF board, co-chaired by Dara Iserson and Deanna Donnelly, and comprised of approximately 20 community members, which then considers the grants for final approval.
This year's telethon chairwoman is Kim Hutchings. Brad Faxon is also serving as honorary co-chair again.
"BEF has been so fortunate to have the support of the community for the past 20 years," Hutchings said, "and we are hoping that this year’s telethon will be the most successful to date.”
“Donations of any size are welcomed," she said.
Families who donate in advance will not receive a fundraising call.
Donations to BEF can also be made anytime on the website, or gifts can be mailed to BEF at 283 County Road, Barrington, RI 02806.